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Record Spin Playlist - December 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here’s our playlist for December 2012.

Record Spin Playlist – The Royale, St. Louis, MO – 12/27/12 with Scott Allen, Bart Darnell, Jeff Fields and Lauren Smalley

Cat Power - Cherokee
Now, Now - Thread
Gossip - Love and Let Love
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop
* LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk is Playing at my House
* Sleigh Bells - A/B Machine
Foxy Shazam - I Wanna Be Yours
Japandroids - Evil's Sway
* The Gay Blades - Bob Dylan's 115th Nightmare
Titus Andronicus - In A Big City
The Gaslight Anthem - Biloxi Parrish
Butch Walker - Synthesizers
Delta Spirit - Trashcan
The dB's - That Time Is Gone
The Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Lucero - Sounds of the City
Alejandro Escovedo - Evening Gown
Beck - Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Lee Baines III & The Glory Fires - Magic City Stomp
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound - To Love Someone (That Don't Love You)
Fontella Bass - Soul of a Man
Fontella Bass - Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry cover)
Fontella Bass - You'll Miss Me (When I'm Gone)
Freddie King - Palace of the King
Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour
Ike & Tina Turner - A Fool in Love
Eddie Floyd - I'll Take Her
Barbara Lewis - Baby I'm Yours
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Aretha Franklin - Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
J.D. McPherson - North Side Gal
John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives - I Think I Fell In Love Today
Justin Townes Earle - Baby's Got A Bad Idea
Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away
Alabama Shakes - Be Mine
Craig Finn - No Future
Wanda Jackson - Tore Down
Langhorne Slim - Cinderella
David Bowie - Suffragette City
T. Rex - Baby Strange
The Jam - Art School
The Clash - Spanish Bombs
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn'tve)
The Menzingers - I Was Born
Uncle Tupelo - Postcard
Black Flag - Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie
Wire - Pink Flag
Morphine - Thursday
Big Black - Bad Penny
Fairweather - If They Move...Kill Them
Torche - Kicking
Title Tracks - Every Little Bit Hurts
Small Brown Bike/Casket Lottery - Under Pressure
Cory Chisel - Never Meant To Love You

* = Dings on the bell from the bartenders

Also see playlists for April 2012May 2012, July 2012, September 2012 and November 2012.

Record Spin Playlist - November 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here’s our playlist for November 2012.

Record Spin Playlist – The Royale, St. Louis, MO – 11/15/12 with Scott Allen, Bart Darnell, and Jeff Fields

Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built
Bob Mould - Star Machine
The Ramones - Rockaway Beach
Hot Snakes - LAX
Pylon - K
White Rabbits - Heavy Metal
AC Newman - I'm Not Talking
David Bazan - When We Fell
Cat Power - Sun
Now, Now - Prehistoric
Seam - Get Higher
Minus The Bear - Lies and Eyes
Grand Archives - Torn Blue Foam Couch
Brian Eno & David Byrne - Mea Culpa
Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine
Blake Fleming - Street Corner Throwdown
Rockets - Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Rye Coalition - Paradise By The Marlboro Light
The Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away
The Beatles - I've Got A Feeling
Otis Redding - Satisfaction (Rolling Stones cover)
Alabama Shakes - Be Mine
William Bell - You Don't Miss Your Water
The Bottle Rockets - Come On
John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives - I Think I Fell In Love Today
J.D. McPherson - Wolf Teeth
Man In Black - Ringo Del Fuego
Old '97s - 4 Leaf Clover
Steve Earle - Sweet Little '66
Lucero - Juniper
Benjamin Gibbard/Jay Farrar - California Zephyr
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Even Heroes Have To Die
Russian Cirles - Re-Enter
Jimi Hendrix Experience - I Don't Live Today
June of 44 - Sanctioned in a Birdcage
Devo - Girl U Want
So Many Dynamos - New Bones
Patti Smith - Till Victory
Make Believe - Armscardic A
Ben Folds Five - Draw A Crowd
Jack White - I'm Shakin'
The Heavy - How You Like Me Now
Robert Plant and the Band of Joy - Angel Dance
The Supremes - Love Is Here and Now You're Gone
Edwin Starr - 25 Miles
Little Milton - Grits Ain't Groceries
Jimmy Castor Bunch - Sad Leroy
Herbie Hancock - Hang Up Your Hang Ups
Meters - Funky Miracle
Stevie Wonder - Maybe Your Baby
DAG - Sweet Little Lass

Also see playlists for April 2012May 2012, July 2012, and September 2012.

Record Spin Playlist - September 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here’s our playlist for December 2012.

Record Spin Playlist – The Royale, St. Louis, MO – 9/27/12 with Scott Allen, Bart Darnell and Jeff Fields

Alejandro Escovedo - Chelsea Hotel '78
Drive-By Truckers - Self Destructive Zones
Willie Nelson - Cowboys are Frequently Fond of Each Other
Wanda Jackson - California Stars (Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
Justin Townes Earle - Can't Hardly Wait (The Replacements cover)
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, and Yim Yames - No Fear
Robyn Hitchcock - All I Wanna Do is Fall in Love
Lucero - She's Just That Kind of Girl
The Stone Roses - Love Spreads
The Black Keys - Money Maker
AC/DC - Rocker
Drive Like Jehu - Golden Brown
Jawbreaker - Do You Still Hate Me?
Hot Water Music - It's Hard To Know
Quicksand - Omission
Japandroids - Continuous Thunder
Triple Fast Action - American City World
Minus The Bear - Lies & Eyes
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Dramarama - Don't Feel Like Doing Drugs
Foo Fighters - Dear Rosemary
The dB's - That Time Is Gone
The Hold Steady - Most People Are DJs
Archers of Loaf - Harnessed In Slums
Superchunk - Why Do You Have To Put A Date On Everything
Mercy Rule - Hey Now
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead - It Was There I Saw You
The Breeders - Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Beatles cover)
Braid - Do You Love Coffee?
Shiner - The Egg
Joe Jackson - Happy Loving Couple
Madness - House of Fun
The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So
Teenage Fanclub - About You
Fig Dish - Pretty Never Hurts
Sunny Day Real Estate - 8
The Replacements - Bastards of Young
Two Cow Garage - Skinny Legged Girl
The Jesus Lizard - Dancing Naked Ladies
The Stooges - Real Cool Time
Kentucky Knife Fight - Misshapen Love
White Rabbits - Percussion Gun
Sam & Dave - Broke Down Piece of Man
Ray Charles - Shake Your Tail Feather
Dr. John - Revolution
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels - Little Latin Lupe Lu
John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives - Anyone Can Do It
Black Joe Lewis - Living In The Jungle
Jackie Wilson - I Get The Sweetest Feeling
Amy LaVere - Candle Mambo (Captain Beefheart cover)
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas - Tramp
Ben E. King - Stand By Me
Bob Dylan - Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
The Band - The Weight
Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
Bruce Springsteen - Blinded By The Light
Ryan Adams - Nutshell (Alice In Chains cover)
The Bulletproof Tiger - Our Band Name Sucks
Junior Battles - Seventeen

Also see playlists for April 2012May 2012 and July 2012

Record Spin Playlist - July 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here’s our playlist for July 2012.

Record Spin Playlist – The Royale, St. Louis, MO – 7/26/12 with Scott Allen, Bart Darnell and Jeff Fields

North Side Gal – J.D. McPherson
Green Onions – King Curtis
Boss of the Blues – Dave Alvin
Bitch, I Love You – Black Joe Lewis
How Does It Feel – Bob Dylan
40 Miler – Tim Barry
Heavy Chevy – Alabama Shakes
Brand New Cadillac – The Clash *
Never Could Say No – John Paul Keith & the 145’s
Kate – Ben Folds Five *
Ob-la-di Ob-la-da – The Beatles
Mama’s Pearl – Robbie Fulks
50ft. Queenie – PJ Harvey
Never Talking to You Again – Husker Du
Good Enough For Rock n’ Roll – Chuck Ragan
The Rover – Led Zeppelin
Castanets – Alejandro Escovedo
Lonely Is a Town – Glossary
Emerald – Thin Lizzy
Badlands – Bruce Springsteen
45 – Gaslight Anthem
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Goin’ Back to Cali – LL Cool J
Coochie – BlakRoc
Peter Piper – RUN DMC
Paul Revere – Beastie Boys
Oh My God! – A Tribe Called Quest
I’m With You – Sam & Dave
Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) – Otis Redding
25 Miles – Edwin Starr
Shotgun – Junior Walker & the All-Stars
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Red Headed Stepchild – Golden Smog
In My Mind – Johnny Polonsky
Just – Radiohead *
So. Central Rain – R.E.M.
The Plan – Built to Spill *
Bull Black Nova – Wilco
Kizza Me – Big Star
Behold the Hurricane – Horrible Crowes
Bug Stomp – Piglet
Never Will Come For Us – Braid
No Division – Hot Water Music
Fire’s Highway – Japandroids
Southtown Girls – Hold Steady
Bikeriders – Lucero
Blue Blood Blues – The Dead Weather
Money Maker – The Black Keys
No Surrender – Two Cow Garage

* = Dings on the bell from the bartenders

Also see playlists for April 2012 and May 2012.

Record Spin Playlist - May 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here’s our playlist for May 2012.

Record Spin Playlist – The Royale, St. Louis, MO – 5/30/12 with Scott Allen, Bart Darnell and Jeff Fields

Trouble Won’t Last Always – Glossary
You’re So Fine – Wilson Pickett
Rise to the Sun – Alabama Shakes
Centreville – Lee Baines III & the Glory Fires
Like Lightning – Lucero
Nights of Wine and Roses – Japandroids
Mainline – Hot Water Music
Southtown Girls – Hold Steady *
Hey Jane – Spiritualized
Feel the Pain – Dinosaur Jr. *
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Shrine – Dambuilders
Movie Star – Cracker
Castanets – Alejandro Escovedo
Graveyard Shift – Uncle Tupelo
I’ll Be Coming Around – Bottle Rockets
Spinning Wheel – John Henry & the Engine
Debra – Beck
Sunshine – Atmosphere
My Adidas – RUN DMC
Doowatchyalike – Digital Underground
Magic Number – De La Soul
Can’t Be Still – Booker T & the M.G.’s
Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder
Funky Miracle – The Meters
She’ll Dance to Anything – John Paul Keith
Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
Whole Lotta Love – King Curtis
Cut Like a Buffalo – Dead Weather
Bad Ass Fucker – Muckafurgason
Run to You – Lou Barlow
Cut Your Hair – Pavement
Game of Pricks – Jimmy Eat World
Terminal Void – Bunnygrunt
Straight American Slave – Rocket From the Crypt
Forever Got Shorter – Braid
For Apples – Casket Lottery
I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness *
Yesterday (Circa Summer 80 Somethin) – Corey Branan
Dark Side – Eddie and the Cruisers
Bang a Gong – T.Rex *
No Future – Craig Finn
Wasted Time – Kings of Leon
No, Not Now – Hot Hot Heat
Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go Go’s
Heroes – David Bowie
Spanish Bombs – The Clash
Radio Radio – Elvis Costello *
On the DL – Caviar
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys *
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John
Rosie – Bruce Springsteen
No Matter What – Badfinger
Pattern Against User – At the Drive In *
Trusty Chords – Hot Water Music *
Love – Poster Children
The Pod – Hum
Love Gun – Kiss *
Raspberry Beret – The Derailers
Six Days on the Road – Dave Dudley
Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood

* = Dings on the bell from the bartenders

Record Spin Playlist - April 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here's our playlist for April 2012.

Record Spin Playlist - The Royale, St. Louis, MO - 4/26/12 with Scott Allen and Bart Darnell

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) – Otis Redding
Look Out Cleveland – The Band
634-5789 – Wilson Pickett
Lookin’ For a Thrill – John Paul Keith & the 145’s
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes – Elvis Costello
So You Think You’re in Love – Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians
Lawyers, Guns & Money – Warren Zevon
She’s the One (Live) – Bruce Springsteen
Not Fade Away – Buddy Holly
Big River – Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two
Dang Me – Roger Miller
Can’t Hardly Wait – Justin Townes Earle
Kiss the Bottle – Lucero
Baba O’Reilly – The Waco Brothers
Rocket Man – Me First & the Gimme Gimme’s *
Rockaway Beach – The Ramones
True Believers – Hot Water Music
A More Perfect Union – Titus Andronicus
Punk Rock Girl – The Dead Milkmen *
Greek Town’s in Flames – The Starkweathers
Never Kissed a Girl – Woodbox Gang
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival *
Squeezebox – The Who *
Dixie Chicken – Little Feat
Down Home Girl – Rolling Stones
Satisfaction – Otis Redding
Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
Let Them Knock – Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
I Need You Baby – Jesse James
Groove Me – King Floyd
Baby’s Got Sauce – G Love & Special Sauce *
Cold Sweat – James Brown *
Magic Number – De La Soul
Peter Piper – RUN DMC *
Say Shhh – Atmosphere *
Just Aint Gonna Work Out – Mayer Hawthorne
Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed
Mr. & Mrs. Untrue – Candi Staton
Keep It Coming – Glossary
Driver 8 – R.E.M.
The Wanton Song – Led Zeppelin *
Guitar Man Upstairs – Drive By Truckers
Southern Girls – Cheap Trick
Glad Girls – Guided By Voices
American Girl – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Cleveland Rocks – Presidents of the United States of America
Do Anything You Wanna Do – Eddie & the Hot Rods
Pretty Never Hurts – Fig Dish
Light Sleepers – Title Tracks
Bottled Up in Cork – Ted Leo
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
Ocean – Sebadoh *
Spanish Bombs – The Clash
Green – Suicide Machines
Mean to Me – Ben Kweller
Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard – Me First & the Gimme Gimme’s
Yakety Sax – Boots Randolph

* = Dings on the bell from the bartenders

3 Minute Record presents the Best of 2011: Part 1

Happy New Year! While we are excited to see what happens in 2012, there were some great musical highlights from the previous year we'd like to touch on. Over three posts we will present our individual thoughts about our favorite music of the year that was 2011. No list is the same or meant to be definitive, but these are the albums that touched us the most last year. The lists are not ranked, but in no particular order. We start out today with the list supplied by Jeff Fields. Thanks for reading. Enjoy! - Scott Allen 

Best Albums of 2011

White Denim - D (Downtown)
Mathy-indie, hippie-prog shredders from Austin make a deep & wide record that could make your favorite rock critic exhaust their treasure trove of adjectives.

Wye Oak - Civilian (Merge)
Lushly dark & surprisingly heavy emotion makes this record so easy to get lost in (not unlike when I was 14 and every song still had the "new car scent"). They meld the power of Neil Young and shoegaze 90’s rock with a gentle frailty.

The Head And The Heart - The Head And The Heart (Sub Pop)
This album rides the nouveau-folk trail blazed by Fleet Foxes, but does so with a poppier feel (and a lot less reverb).

Chris Thile & Michael Daves - Sleep With One Eye Open (Nonesuch)
This bluegrass mandolin & guitar duo harken back to a Stanley Brothers style sound. They provide excellent picking and some classic covers. This was the best bluegrass record to come out in 2011, hands down.

Gillian Welch (& David Rawlings) - The Harrow And The Harvest (Acony)
Gillian and David are the two most symbiotic singer/songwriters working today. Folk songs of death, whiskey and the south so visual they paint themselves in between your ears.

Wilco - The Whole Love (dBpm)
Wilco has given us their most diverse record yet. Songs range from electro rave-ups to pure indie rock to 60's pop throwbacks. This may be a diverse record, but all tracks are consistently anchored by excellent core songs.

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (RCA)
There are 11 tracks on this record and only 2 of these are not rock radio anthem quality. Nobody writes records this hit laden anymore, not even the Black Eyed Peas. Wasting Light was recorded 100% analog. Respect is due people!

Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) (Lost Highway)
Carll is a country chameleon with some of the best swinging country, talking blues, ballads and boozing anthems ever written for one album. Think Dylan, but country and with a Generation X angle.

The Decemberists - The King Is Dead (Capitol)
This record exemplifies everything you want in a great record. There is great recording/production, great songs/arrangement and great performances. These songs are the perfect marriage of indie rock and acoustic folk. It has superstar cameos and an excellent “making of” documentary. It is as perfect a swan song as any band can give to the world.

The Washover Fans - That Habit Suits You (CDBY)
This Seattle folk/americana/acoustic group delivers fresh songs with an earnest delivery. They never attempt to feign a southern accent or appear as anything they are not. The male/female vocal harmonies drive these very personal songs with great passion. This record is great example of a new band with great potential.

Best Reissues of 2011

Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak (Deluxe Edition) (Mercury)
There are a few reasons to love this reissue. They didn’t release a new remaster of the original album (ie. overcompress it so the kids think it’s loud enough), but reissued the 1996 remaster. They give you some beefed up remixes of the “hits” featuring new guitar overdubs. They include some great live from the BBC tracks. A classic record that never gets old, period.

The Jayhawks – Tomorrow The Green Grass (Legacy Edition) (American)
It was hard to pick which of the reissued Jayhawks records was the best of the two, the decision was made by the sheer volume of extras included here. You get a whole second disc or rarities, three versions of “Blue” and a copy of the great title track too. This is an overlooked classic that will hopefully find a bigger audience now that The Jayhawks have reunited.

Material Issue – International Pop Overthrow - 20th Anniversary Edition (Hip-O Select)
This record is an early 90’s pop-rock monster. Material Issue crafted a classic that now should rank next to the best of Big Star, Cheap Trick or The Smithereens. There are 4 songs with girls in the title and 3 of those were singles. The girl song formula was well used on this record and done very well.

Smashing Pumpkins – Gish (Deluxe Edition) (Virgin)
There have been rumblings of a proper remix or remaster of this record since 1997, so I was glad when I realized it was truly coming out. When I finally listened to remastering of this cd I realized my worst fears. This version was very compressed and lost much of the dynamics that made the original so great. The true saving grace for this (along with the Siamese Dream reissue) is the extra tracks. There are remixed versions of some songs (including Drown, Sub Pop single and demos) and some Peel session tracks. The real treat is the unreleased songs, not the remaster. The same holds true for the Siamese Dream package too.

Can – Tago Mago (40th Anniversary Edition) (Mute U.S.)
Only Can could craft this devastatingly intricate and unique record. That is all you really can say about this record. This new package includes 3 live songs, which is actually 47 minutes of music (hopefully that clues you in to how intricate the songs are).

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon (Immersion Box Set) (Capitol/EMI)
This is an epic collection of songs and a legendary recording session. Since its release it has been a true classic of rock and roll. This set includes a very compressed 2011 remaster along with every possible audiophile version of the record (including HD, quadrophonic and an early mix of the record) along with a 1972 live performance of the whole record.

The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I (Vinyl Edition) (Desoto)
Some records sound dated or echo a certain scene or era. Emergency and I seems just awkward enough to elude this type of stamping. This record emerged from a convergence of some pretty fantastic elements like two great producers (J. Robbins & Chad Clark), a band with extreme talent finally crafting structured songs and quirky (but catchy) introspective lyrics.

Queens Of The Stone Age – Queens Of The Stone Age (Remastered) (Domino/Rekords)
This is a very cohesive and massive début record. It says everything you need to know about Queens. Originally released on an independent label in 1998, this record has been out of print for quite a while. It displays the blueprint for Queens’ signature sound. Domino Records re-released this record and gave newcomers a second chance to own this epic début.

The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions (2 CD) (Capitol/EMI)
It took 40+ years to release. If you bought Brian Wilson’s Smile release then you know what you’ve been missing. The Brian version is a much more high fidelity version, but any true fan of music wants to hear what everyone has been missing for half of a century.

Superchunk – Foolish (Remastered) (Merge)
Originally, it only took 3 days to record this dark and angular indie classic. Some of the darkness stems from a Fleetwood Mac style band couple breakup. The great folks at Merge wisely included demos, acoustic versions and outtakes along with an entire live set. Bob Weston’s subtle but perfect remastering should give other engineers an example of how to approach and execute flawlessly.

Best Local Beers at a Local Show in 2011

  • Stag at Off Broadway at Lucero show
  • Schlafly ESB at The Pageant at The Jayhawks
  • Budweiser at Scotttrade at Foo Fighters

What's So Wrong About Staying Home With Your Record Collection?

High Fidelity

"Is it so wrong, wanting to be at home with your record collection? It’s not like collecting records is like collecting stamps, or beermats, or antique thimbles." - Nick Hornby

You may not remember, but writer Nick Hornby wrote that line for his novel High Fidelity. Hornby's novel spoke to me loudly when I read it more than 10 years ago, as I identified closely with protagonist Rob Fleming. Last night I found some time to do just that - spend some time with my records. It's nowhere near the time I spent at home listening to records when I was 16, but that feeling of laying on your floor scanning the sleeve for information never gets old.

Personally, I've never had a hard and fast rule about buying music. I had always bought albums on vinyl and compact disc mostly dependent on price. However, a few months back I made the commitment to myself to buy music released prior to 1990 exclusively on vinyl. First, it was the predominant medium for music until the explosion of compact discs in the late 1980's. Further, I would make an attempt to buy early pressings and not the obvious later pressings or reissues.

For years, I bought music on the most convenient form available to me at the time. First, it was 45 RPM singles (for the Fisher Price record player) and later cassettes (for my Ghetto Blaster - yes, even kids in the suburbs called the metal tape player/radio combo by this urban name for the portable cassette player). Then, after my parents bought me a real stereo with a Scott (no pun, just a good brand name) receiver, Techniques turntable and double cassette player, vinyl was the preferred choice. A few years later I started buying compact discs. I have bought music in the mp3 format, but the experience leaves me cold and usually I only make that plunge when it's the only way to find the music.

The only caveat I made for myself on this new rule was for a deluxe edition of the album on CD like the recent reissues by The Kinks or something similar.

So far this year I've bought over 60 albums on vinyl. You'll find a list below of what has been spinning at 33 1/3 RPM on my turntable lately. Some of these albums I have on compact disc and others I had on cassette years ago and never replaced on disc. Other albums on the list I'd heard songs from over the years and just never purchased. Further, there were albums I had on my mental list and when I stumbled upon a nice copy I pulled the trigger and picked it up. Finally, some are just plain new to me entirely; either new bands or albums that come highly recommended. If you see a stone cold classic below I've likely had the album for years in some format and I've just run across a very nice vinyl copy.

Here's what I've bought in the past couple of months since Record Store Day.

The Band - S/T
Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
The Blues Project - Projections
The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man (Mono)
The Byrds - Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
The Chambers Brothers - The Time Has Come
The Conformists - None Hundred
Ry Cooder - S/T
David Crosby - If Only I Could Remember My Name...
Bob Dylan - Desire
The English Beat - Special Beat Service
The Faces - First Step
Johnny Horton - The Spectacular Johnny Horton
Waylon Jennings - The One and Only
The Knitters - Poor Little Critter On The Road
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now
Nick Lowe - Labour Of Love
Taj Mahal - The Natch'l Blues
Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece

Cover of

Laura Nyro - New York Tendaberry
Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
Marty Robbins - Devil Woman (Mono)
The Roches - S/T
The Roches - Nurds
Boz Scaggs & Band - S/T
Stephen Stills - 2
Talking Heads - Talking Heads '77
Title Tracks - In Blank
Two Cow Garage - Sweet Saint Me
The Wildflowers - Sometime Soon


Hey! Look What I found. Where Do You Buy Records?

Yesterday, I found a copy of one of my favorite albums at a local antique mall/indoor flea market. You never know what you're going to stumble upon at one of these places. I didn't have a lot of time so I flipped through the 6 or 8 crates of records pretty quickly. I happened to find a VG/VG+ original copy of The Byrds LP Mr. Tambourine Man in Mono for $5.00. Except for a little wear around the edges, mostly on the bottom front cover and a stamp on the name and address of a previous owner on the back; the record is in great condition. There was no sleeve inside promoting the other albums for sale, but so often those are replaced or gone anyway.

Mr. Tambourine Man
Mr. Tambourine Man

The stereo copy of the album would have the 'Stereo "360 Sound"' logo on both the top of the front cover and the red label on the record. This one has neither and has the correct corresponding catalog item number of CL2372.

Mr. Tambourine Man label
Mr. Tambourine Man label

This is one of my favorite albums of all time and as I was excited to find a nice copy. Now, I just need to spring for that USB turntable I've been wanting so I can hear the difference between the vinyl and the CD reissue from the late '90s.

This find got me thinking about a question I had started a post on months ago, but never got around to finishing. Unfortunately, the question "Where do you buy records?" becomes harder after each passing year. With the influx of iTunes, Amazon, and online retailing the brick and mortar there are less record stores than ever. Independent record stores have been closing for years and still continue to close.

Not only do independent record stores have to compete with the internet, but the big box stores carry music too. Target, Borders, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart and K-Mart, have music sections, albeit only compact discs, though much more limited in overall scope than in years past. Out of these stores only Best Buy carries vinyl, but only in very small selection and quantities.

Here's a list of you local independent record stores -
Record Stores
Apop Records - St. Louis
CD Reunion - St. Charles
CD Warehouse - South County
Euclid Records - Webster Groves
Phono Mode - St. Louis
Record Exchange - St. Louis
Slackers - 10 St. Louis Metro Area locations
Vintage Vinyl - University City

Then, there's the semi-monthly St. Louis Record Collector's Show held in South St. Louis bringing dealers from in town and out of town focused on mostly vinyl LP's and 45 RPM records, but also selling compact discs and DVD's. Plus, there are tons of various online retailers ready to sell you vinyl and ship it directly to your door.

However, you can also find some diamonds in the rough in places like antique malls like I do on a regular basis.  You have to be a bit more careful with these to look them over and do your research, but you may still find some nice pieces. Further, there is a monthly flea marke at the St. Clair County Fairgrounds, Belleville, IL.

Finally, you can search sites like Craigslist, ebay, or etsy for some finds. Many folks are nice here, but some don't know anything about the worth of records and could be overcharging wildly so be careful.

St. Louis is lucky to have some great independent record stores to supply more than just "hit" tunes to the music loving public. Get out there and buy some music people! Please leave some comments if you know of some other local outlets.

Enter To Win Two Albums from The O's [Giveaway]

3 Minute Record is proud to present another super giveaway from our friends at 1888 Media! This time we are offering a FREE copy of The O’s new album Between The Two on vinyl and a FREE copy of their début album We Are The O’s on CD for one lucky winner!

Back in February, we favorably reviewed the latest release from The O's, Between The Two. You can listen to a track from the album there as well as see a video for their cover of the Everly Brothers "Bowling Green." During the review process we found that both Taylor Young and John Pedigo play some interesting instruments in The O's.

HERE'S HOW TO WIN: What instrument does one of the members play that you don't see pop up on the liner notes of many albums? Please leave a comment below with your answer. Comments will not be published until after the contest has ended. The winner will be chosen via random number generator. The deadline for the giveaway is Friday, April 29 at 5 p.m. An announcement to the winners will be published Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Until then, check out the recent music video for "We’ll Go Walkin’" from their 2011 album Between The Two. 

You can also catch The O's on tour! They have been touring this spring in support of the new album and if you haven't already caught one of their shows here are some chances; even if you're reading this from overseas in the UK.

The O's upcoming tour dates
Apr 28 The Loft Dallas, TX
May 07 Southgate House Newport, KY (Cincinnati)
May 09 Double Door Chicago, IL
May 11 Pizza Hut Park - FC Dallas Game Frisco, TX
May 12 Trinity River Audubon Society Dallas, TX
May 14 Homegrown Festival - Main Street Garden Park Dallas, TX
May 20 Son's of Hermann Hall Dallas, TX
May 21 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival Richardson, TX
Jun 01 Whelan's Dublin, Ireland
Jun 02 Dolan's Limerick, Ireland
Jun 10 West End Festival Glasgow, Scotland
Jun 11 Leith Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
Jun 19 Cluny 2 Newcastle, England
Jun 23 Blue Note Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 24 Crystal Pistol Saloon Tulsa, OK
Jun 25 Frank and Lola's Bartlesville, OK

A short RSD report

Just chiming in with my Record Store Day purchases and a few impressions of the day. Let's start with the goodies:
Justin Townes Earle
- Move Over Mama b/w Racing In The Streets [7"]
Death Cab For Cutie - Live [7"]
The New Pornographers - Moves b/w A Drug Deal Of The Heart [7"]
Flogging Molly - Don't Shut 'em Down b/w Saints & Sinners (Acoustic) [7"]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Gotta Get That Feeling b/w Racing In The Street ('78) [10"]
Atmosphere - The Family Sign [LP, Clear Vinyl]
Mercy Rule - Providence [LP]
The Blasters - Over There [LP]
Patty Griffin - Downtown Church [CD]
Will Hoge - Again Somewhere Tomorrow [CD]
Glossary - Feral Fire [CD]
Son Volt - 6 String Belief [DVD]

Overall it was a great day with a lot of good finds. I was particularly excited about Jeff finding the Mercy Rule album at Apop and bringing it to my attention. Such a good record and it is really cool to have a copy on vinyl. The Blasters brings me one step closer to owning all of their original releases on vinyl. The Patty Griffin and Will Hoge discs were good used CD finds while waiting in line at Euclid. Euclid came through with having a copy of the Glossary disc, I've been meaning to pick it up since last year and it hasn't left my player since opening it. Got to see some great performances by John Doe and Jill Sobule, The Sights, The Bottle Rockets, and the legendary Skeletons. Let's not forget about the free brews at the various locations! Euclid had PBR, Apop had PBR and Fat Tire, and Vintage represented with some Schlafly. The highlight of the day was just getting to spend the day with such great friends. Thanks to Jeff, Scott, Scott, and Tom for the great day. Let's hope next year proves to be even better!